Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 202 pages
Audiobook Length: 4 hours and 21 minutes
First Published: 2003
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For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly, the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger.
Quotes from Private Peaceful
I must survive. I have promises to keep.
Tonight, I want very much to believe that there’s a heaven, that death is not a full stop, and that we will all see one another again.
It’s no good wishing for the impossible. Don’t wish. Remember. Remembrances are real.
Movie Trailer for Private Peaceful (2012)
About Michael Morpurgo
Sir Michael Andrew Morpurgo, OBE, FRSL is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the Second World War, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write. He left teaching after ten years in order to set up ‘Farms for City Children’ with his wife. They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals. Visit the author’s website →